We can’t say enough good things about mulch. While aggregates can also be used to control weeds (and they’re also great for draining water away from around the house), there are some jobs where mulch is simply the right tool for the job. Here are just a few of the places where mulch performs best.
When it comes to mulching the plants in your yard, trees will show off the most profound results. Beyond adding colour and texture to your yard, a 3-4 inch layer of mulch effectively conserves soil moisture, encouraging and supporting greater, stronger root growth. This in turn allows your tree to more effectively weather Calgary’s harsh climate and grow taller, faster.
When mulching around trees, try to mulch in a circle about as wide as the tree’s canopy. Also, make sure not to pile mulch up against the tree’s trunks. Instead of a mountain of mulch that peaks at the trunk, your mulch should be shaped more like a donut. The hole of the donut can start a couple of inches from the trunk, so no wood pieces physically touch the tree’s bark.
On Bare Dirt.
Bare dirt is vulnerable to erosion and weeds. A fine mulch is a perfect way to protect bare dirt for a season or two. Mulch slowly decomposes into rich nutrition that will feed whatever plants you do end up placing in your soil — so you don’t have to worry about having to remove mulch when you’re ready to plant. Simply, blend any fines into your soil, plant, and then remulch to protect your new plants.
Like bare dirt, flower beds will greatly benefit from reduced erosion and weed control. Mulch also protects your plants and bulbs from sudden temperature changes. When Calgary’s weather inevitably jumps or plummets, the mulch will help to insulate your soil. This mulch insulation makes the change in temperature more gradual, reducing the risk of shock to your flowers.
Mulching is one of the best things you can do for your landscaping. Mulch offers slow-release nutrition for your plants and trees, while controlling weeds, preventing extreme temperature swings for your plant’s roots, and protecting your soil from evaporation and erosion. For healthier flower beds and plants tomorrow, order mulch today online from Soil Kings.